Why Arsenal vs. Swansea Is the Premier League Match to Watch This Weekend

Sam TigheWorld Football Tactics Lead WriterNovember 30, 2012

Arsenal host Swansea on Saturday, Dec. 1 at the Emirates Stadium in what is sure to be the English Premier League match to watch this weekend.

Arsene Wenger will be on upset alert as his side's stuttering form continues, while Michael Laudrup will be looking to build on an impressive midweek triumph over Steve Clarke's West Bromwich Albion.


A Clash of Styles

North London will play host to a serious clash of similar ideologies, as Laudrup and Wenger both like their teams to see a lot of the ball.

Despite Laudrup moving his Swans away from what he describes as "pointless possession" (via Vital Swansea) and moving toward exclusively meaningful passes, they're still averaging the fifth-highest percentage in the EPL with 55.4 percent.

Arsenal, on the other hand, top the league with an astounding 60.4 percent average, which is also good for third in Europe (second only to Bayern Munich and Barcelona).

The Emirates will play host to two teams vying for the ball, so it will be interesting to see who wins the battle for midfield control—Leon Britton or Mikel Arteta.


Unpredictable Natures

Objectively speaking, it's difficult to predict the result of any Arsenal or Swansea game; they've been erratic contenders since the season kicked off.

The Gunners are favourites on paper, but the teams' form over the last six games is identical—two wins, three draws and a loss.

Last season when these two met, the home side came out victorious on each occasion and six goals were shared in total. Wenger and Laudrup go into this matchup evenly poised in form, recent history and league position.

Just a single point separates them. 


Beautiful Football

If you don't fancy watching it for the unpredictable outcome or the far from assured scoreline, watch it because you're guaranteed to watch 90 minutes of excellent technical football.

The Emirates turf will be graced by two of the three best passing sides in the English Premier League in a match that won't deliver an ugly spectacle like Aston Villa and Reading did on Tuesday.


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